Lusitania by David Ramsay
Saga and Myth

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An objective and enthralling account of the sinking of the Lusitania, which unravels many of the myths and, for the first time, explains the true significance of that terrible disaster.

The saga of the Lusitania is one of the most remarkable in the annals of maritime history. State-of-the-art when she went into service and the first express liner to be equipped with steam turbines, she outclassed all her rivals. She triumphantly restored British supremacy on the North Atlantic passenger routes and became an acknowledged commercial success; she was highly popular with her regular passengers. Her sinking in May 1915 by a German U-boat, with heavy loss of life, was at that time the most savage attack on civilians in the course of war, and was widely denounced in allied and neutral countries. From that day her loss has become encrusted with legends (including conspiracy theories), many of them created by German propaganda. In this new book David Ramsay has unraveled those myths and legends and tells a clear and compelling saga of terrible maritime disaster and clashes among three powerful nations. It is a story of potentates and presidents, ambassadors and ministers of state, bankers, shipping magnates, spies, and, not least, Captain William Turner, who had to defend himself against charges of incompetence and fight for his reputation. Based on detailed research, this new book almost certainly contains the most objective account of the history of the liner and the circumstances surrounding her sinking. The sinking of Lusitania, which took a mere eighteen minutes, led to a loss of life comparable with the Titanic disaster, and the ramifications were felt across Europe and America; this masterly telling of the story will intrigue the general reader as much as it does the historian and enthusiast. Illustrations and maps
 

About David Ramsay

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David Ramsay attended Trinity, Cambridge, where he became fascinated with twentieth-century history, particularly the two world wars and Winston Churchill. He lives in Indian Wells, California.
 
Published September 3, 2001 by Chatham Publishing. 288 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Ramsay investigates the 101st and final voyage of the ocean liner Lusitania, torpedoed on May 7, 1915, by a German U-boat as it was crossing the North Atlantic fr

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Ramsay investigates the 101st and final voyage of the ocean liner Lusitania, torpedoed on May 7, 1915, by a German U-boat as it was crossing the North Atlantic from the U.S. to England.

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It left New York for the last time on 1 May, the day the German Embassy printed a warning in the New York Times that travellers sailing on British ships in the war zone around the British Isles did so ‘at their own risk’.

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